Orangecane recently returned from her grand journey in Europe, so we decided to unite for conversations over - you guessed it - lots of food.
Quite frankly, I wanted Hibiscus, but Mondays mean closures for the renowned vegan eatery. A quick search of the area persuaded us in the direction of this alternative, which also carried milk teas and "luxury" loose leaf teas at varying prices in individual cups or medium-sized pots. Instead of herbal teas though, fruit smoothies and slushies seemed to be the most popular choice amongst the other diners.
Sauntering up the sloped entrance, we were greeted with a smile and gestured a nearby table. Double-sided menus and a list of teas were soon slipped underneath our noses.
The crepe was thin and chewy, emitting an eggy essence. It wasn't as aromatic as Crepe de licious or Cafe Crepe (from what I can remember anyway) and even had a certain bitterness to its slightly burnt centre. The edges weren't wispy thin nor crisp either, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. The tuna bits could have used a tad more seasoning, but the overall product was satisfying enough for my appetite.
The Spicy Chicken, as I was informed, contained a spicy sauce along with shredded chicken and bacon, retaining an overall mildness.
Should one's own laptop be insufficient in providing entertainment during one's stay, an amusing selection of novels and textbooks can also be found on a three-level shelf near the entranceway. Ranging from "Mao's Last Revolution" to "Probability & Statistics for Engineers and Scientists", the pattern was very much remiscent of a Mechanical Engineering major who had delved into Chinese history and politics - possibly as an elective - at some point in time.
In addition to crepes, tea, and fruity slushies, a (barren) gelato bar, commercial coffee brewing system, and Belgian waffle maker were also spotted. Given the appropriate portion size and quality of the savoury styles, it's highly probable that the sweeter variations will be in high demand come 25-degree weather.
After marveling once again at the daily selection of cakes and sweets, we placed our orders and headed outside.
The Osaka-Style Strawberry Roll Cake had piqued my interest for some time now: wiggling the tiny fork through its spongy cross section bestowed a peculiar sense of achievement upon me. Finely chopped, ripe strawberries enveloped in airy bites of flavoured cream was a fantastic combination. It was only subtly sweet, yet outrightly satisfying.
Typical of Japanese baked goods, the cake itself comprised of little oil and butter, relying mainly on eggs, milk, and a noticeable amount of granulated white sugar for its profile. Primarily soft and spongy, there were also some firmer bits along its circumference.
The cake was superb as a mid-afternoon snack, though lessening the quantity of sugar would only aid in heightening deliciousness.
What a stunning latte heart too!
The trek down Spadina is normally speedy, but the holiday traffic had caused an insane amount of congestion. It was impossible to pause and take a minute to think without being an inconvenience to the one(s) behind, regardless of whether you stepped off to the side like a considerate citizen or not.
The extreme sweetness I had expected was countered by a refreshing citrusy burst from the tamarind, making it the ideal beverage for sipping on while exploring.